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December 14, 2018
 
This is the online edition of the Macro Express News email newsletter. You can have future editions delivered directly to your email inbox. Visit the Macro Express News page to subscribe or to view past issues.
 
 
 
 
  Major upgrade
 
 
 
Announcing all new versions of Macro Express and Macro Express Pro.
 
This major release contains dozens of enhancements, bug fixes and security patches. One of the major changes for this release is to support ultra high DPI / 4K monitors that are now on many new computers. This necessitated many changes throughout the program.
 
These features are new to former Macro Express 3 users:
  • Insert rich text into other applications.
  • Assign names to variables to more readily identify them.
  • No limit to the number of variables per macro.
  • Edit more than one macro at a time.
  • Update data displayed in a text box in real time during macro playback.
These features will be new to you if you have been using Macro Express 3 or Macro Express Pro 4:
  • New redesign of the program makes it easier than ever to use Macro Express.
  • Support for ultra-high definition / 4K monitors.
  • Improved the navigation in dialogs and windows.
  • Command dialogs are now resizable so you can see more information without scrolling.
  • Many commands now allow entering multiple lines of information.
  • Adjust the look and feel of the program by choosing a theme, small or large icons and fonts.
  • The About box now indicates when an update is available.
  • An optional automated update process is included to ensure you are using the latest version.
  • Stability is improved. In many places where Macro Express would previously crash it now makes an entry in the Macro Logs and continues.
For a more detailed list of changes see the Revision History for Macro Express 5 or the Revision History for Macro Express 6.
 
All future enhancements, bug fixes and security patches will be made to Macro Express 5 and Macro Express Pro 6.
 

 
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  Macro Express and Macro Express Pro version numbers
 
 
 
     
  Macro Express   Macro Express Pro  
  v 5.0.0.1   v 6.0.0.1  
 
Macro Express comes in two configurations: Standard and Pro. The Pro version contains many additional features not found in the standard version. As in the past, the major version number for the Standard version of Macro Express is an odd number while the major version number for the Pro version is even. In other words, Macro Express v 3.x now becomes Macro Express v 5.x. Macro Express Pro v 4.x now becomes Macro Express Pro v 6.x.
 
There are also portable versions for both Macro Express 5 and Macro Express Pro 6. A portable version can be installed on a flash/USB drive and moved from one computer to another. (Previously there was only a portable version for Macro Express Pro.)
 
 
 
 
  Automatic Updates
 
 
 
Macro Express 5 and Macro Express Pro 6 will now check to see if a new version of Macro Express is available. When a new version is available a message is displayed in the Macro Express Explorer.
 

 
A notice is also displayed in the About dialog for Macro Express.
 

 
Click on either message to download and install the update.
 
By default the check for updates is performed automatically. If needed, you can change this to check for updates manually or the check for updates can be disabled.
 
Click Options, Preferences, General and the Misc tab to adjust the automatic update setting.
 
 
 
 
  Improved ease of use
 
 
 
Many of the improvements to Macro Express 5 and Macro Express Pro are designed to make writing macros easier than ever before. The command dialogs have all been redesigned to have a more consistent look, are more usable, and work well on all computers including those with UHD / 4K monitors.
 
Command dialogs that need to accept long information are now resizable. If you see something like this:
 

 
You can now resize the dialog as wide as you need.
 

 
Command dialogs that accept a string value now allow multiple lines of text. To see more information in these dialogs drag your mouse to resize it wider and taller.
 

 
Macro Express learns your preferences by remembering the size and position of dialogs for the next time they are used.
 
 
 
 
  Appearance
 
 
 
Adjust Macro Express to look the way you want. Choose toolbars with large or small icons, fonts for key areas of the program and one of several themes.
 
You can even use the custom theme to design your own look and feel.
 

 
Adjust these and other settings in the Appearance area of the Preferences.
 
 
 
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